Drunk driving is a problem that shouldn’t exist, but sadly, it does. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) an average of 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes every day. The painful thing about this statistic is that all tragedies caused by drunk driving are completely preventable. All it takes is a little initiative to drink responsibly by using designated drivers or public transportation. If everyone played their part to stop one another from driving under the influence, countless lives would literally be saved.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Liquor:
Drinking alcohol isn’t like consuming ordinary beverages. The moment alcohol enters ! into the digestive system, it begins to cause inebriation which makes it difficult to focus on basic physical tasks. Furthermore, people absorb alcohol differently based on biology. For instance, people with low body weight are more likely to feel the effects of alcohol faster because they have less tissue in which to store alcohol. The more time alcohol has to remain in the body as the liver breaks it down, the more intoxication an individual experiences. Here are three symptoms to look out for if you want to know that alcohol is taking its toll on your sobriety:
1. Obscured Vision:
Anyone who’s ever been drunk knows what it feels like for things to start tilting and getting tipsy. Alcohol can cause blurry vision, dizziness, and can slow down pupil reaction times. If you can’t see straight when you’re drunk, that’s a sign you shouldn’t be behind the wheel.
2. Obscured Hearing:
Permanent hearing loss is one of the long-term effects of excessive alcohol consumption. This happens because alcohol can damage the inner ear hair cells which are responsible for translating sounds from the ear to the brain.
3. Cognitive Difficulties:
When alcohol enters your system, it causes you to lose both concentration and the ability to think on your feet. This is problematic because driving in itself is an activity that requires complete attention and physical coordination.
Thanks to tireless work from several awareness campaigns aimed at eliminating driving under the influence, current statistics on drunk driving indicate a lowering trend in this problem throughout the past three decades. However, there is still plenty of work to be done. If you must drink, always drink responsibly. Plan ahead to make sure that you have safe transportation in case the party goes into overdrive. For more information, visit any of our offices or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe no matter where you are. We got you covered!